An Oscar Night of Shockers by Aidan McIntyre ’16



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We’ve had a great string of Oscars the past couple years and this one may have been the most exciting of them all. It was unpredictable, provocative (thanks largely to Chris Rock), and (only some of the time) satisfying. 17 of my 24 predictions were correct, three down from my average. I got six out of the top eight correct.

The two that I missed were total shockers. Sly Stallone has been the assumed winner in the Supporting Actor category since as far back as December, but Mark Rylance snuck in a surprise victory, to the dismay of a majority of viewers and tweeters.

The biggest award of the night was the biggest shocker, though. Spotlight took Best Picture seemingly against all the odds. All the major precursor awards went to The Revenant (save the Producers’ Guild of America, which awarded The Big Short). I had Spotlight as the third most likely film to win Best Picture, but it pulled it off!

In the other categories, everything followed suit with what was expected. Leo finally won, Iñárritu repeated, Brie Larson took home a much deserved trophy, Vikander was victorious, and Spotlight and The Big Short were awarded in the Screenplay categories. Below is a summary of the major categories of the night:

Oscar 1


The Nominees:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Winner: Spotlight

My Prediction: The Revenant

Deserved It: Room

Oscar 2


The Nominees:

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

My Prediction: Iñárritu

Deserved It: Iñárritu

Oscar 3


The Nominees:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

My Prediction: DiCaprio

Deserved It: DiCaprio

Oscar 4


The Nominees:

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saiorse Ronan, Brooklyn

Winner: Brie Larson, Room

My Prediction: Larson

Deserved It: Larson

Oscar 5


The Nominees:

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

My Prediction: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Deserved It: Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Oscar 6


The Nominees:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

My Prediction: Vikander

Deserved It: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Oscar 7


The Nominees:

Matt Charman, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Winner: Spotlight

My Prediction: Spotlight

Deserved It: Inside Out

Oscar 8


The Nominees:

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Nick Hornby, Brooklyn

Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Drew Goddard, The Martian

Emma Donoghue, Room

Winner: The Big Short

My Prediction: The Big Short

Deserved It: Room